One of the more iconic goals in World Cup history came during the final between Brazil and Italy in 1970. In the 86th minute Pelé assisted Carlos Alberto who lasered the ball into the bottom corner to put the cherry on top of a triumphant 4-1 victory.
As someone who wouldn’t be born until over two decades later, I had only ever seen this goal in shoddy quality on YouTube.
Something about the style of play 50 years ago combined with the old TV footage look makes the goal look natural. Seeing this goal in today’s high definition footage looks completely different.
A video has gone viral on Twitter of this goal in top-notch quality.
Pelé assist to Carlos Alberto HD
1970 Brazil in 4K ️
— Former Footballers (@FinishedPlayers) May 10, 2023
It’s amazing to see this old footage in such good definition. The only problem is that people on the internet are the worst. The video has garnered over two million views, and it seems like everyone needs to voice their opinion.
The 1970 Brazil World Cup team is fondly remembered as one of the best in history. These young whippersnappers just can’t accept that the game looked different back in the day. You can still appreciate greatness from 50 years ago even if it wouldn’t stack up to today's levels of fitness and physicality.
Defenders was a joke back then, ngl they are walking... Sancho would've looked top class— Adam (@Mufc_AS) May 10, 2023
Drop Antonia Valencia back in those days and watch him win every individual award ever invented— Fredrik (@F_Edits) May 11, 2023
Imagine them against Klopp’s Liverpool (2018-21), they wouldn’t have had time to make the first pass never mind stroll through like that.. I’ve seen better defending in lg2 this season.— Steven G (@sgibbo1987) May 10, 2023
Most overated goal in the history of football. Everyone especially the defenders are walking around the pitch— Shaun (@ShaunMo1882) May 11, 2023
Icl, teams like this Brazil would get destroyed in todays game— Lewis Phillips (@LFClewis04) May 10, 2023
This team would get cooked by todays players. Them man definitely had a cigarette at half time— Billion Dollar Baby (@__Tibs) May 11, 2023
can't lie to you, if i played in this era, i'd be scoring 40 goals every season https://t.co/0oqxvuTPLS— ajikobi (@abdulqqudus) May 11, 2023
If people really want to complain about old-school soccer, then I suggest they watch the 1958 World Cup Final where players would literally just catch the ball to stop play.